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Max Allegri claims he had signed as Real Madrid boss before joining Juventus

JUVENTUS manager Massimiliano Allegri claims he had already signed with Real Madrid before returning to Turin.

Allegri took some time off after leaving Juve in 2019 en came back two years later when he put pen to paper on a new deal with the Serie A giants.

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri claims he agreed to join Real Madrid

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri claims he agreed to join Real MadridKrediet: EPA

Egter, the Italian head coach claims he had first agreed to join Real last spring.

But the Bianconeri then got in touch with the 54-year-old and convinced him to come back.

The former AC Milan boss then contacted Los Blancospresident Florentino Perez and informed him of his decision.

Allegri told GQ: “I had already signed as new Real Madrid manager last summer. It was done and sealed.

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“Toe Juventus contacted me… so I called Florentino Perez in the morning and I told him: ‘I’m sorry, I’m not coming. I’m joining Juventus’”.

Zinedine Zidane left Real at the end of last season after Atletico Madrid won LaLiga and Perez was looking for a top name to replace him.

Allegri was among the candidates but then the Madrid giants went for former manager Carlo Ancelotti, wie left Everton.

Real are top of the table under Ancelotti’s guidance and have made it to the Champions League quarter-finals where they will face Chelsea.

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Juventus, on the other hand, are fourth in the league and were eliminated from the Champions League by Villarreal.

Juve are seven points away from Milan and the top of the table.